Berwick’s library with a view

The Literary Festival team is delighted to announce that Berwick has its very own Little Free Library.

The library comes courtesy of a project called Books by the (North) Sea and is affiliated with international group Little Free Library. The string of little free libraries along the Northumberland Coast, was born out of a collaboration between Alnmouth’s The Old School Gallery and Emble Farms. The aim is to connect locals and visitors in enjoyment of reading, landscape and location.

Chloë Smith of Berwick Literary Festival says: ‘The Festival team picked up on the project and wanted to bring a library to Berwick. It’s taken a while to sort the details and get the appropriate permissions, but we’re delighted with Berwick’s library with a view. We very much hope that visitors and locals will enjoy using it.’

The library is located by Berwick Pier on the far side from the town. It’s the tenth library installation along the North Northumberland coast, with others located on Holy Island, North Sunderland, Beadnell, Low Newton, Embleton, Longhoughton and Alnmouth. The Berwick library joins some 100,000 other Little Free Libraries around the world.

Berwick's own Little Free Library courtesy of Berwick Literary Festival and Books by the Sea
Joan Montgomery of Berwick Literary Festival first volunteer steward of Berwick’s own Little Free Library

Joan Montgomery of Berwick Literary Festival steering group, is the mini library’s first volunteer steward. She says: ‘We’ve already had so much interest with people borrowing and leaving books. It’s a great initiative and we’re delighted with the response so far.’

The collection of books in the library is constantly changing, do go along with a book to swap. It’s all about taking a book and leaving a book. Do also let us know what you think of our little free library.

Berwick Literary Festival in two weeks. Book now!

IN OTHER NEWS….. The Literary Festival begins on October 14 – that’s just two weeks to go! There are so many brilliant speakers and events – most live, free and online. Check the programme out here and don’t forget to register for all the sessions you want to attend – we’re filling up fast.

The work of some of Berwick Literary Festival speakers (October 14-17 2021)
A selection of the work of our speakers at Berwick Literary Festival 2021 – displayed by local bookshop Geo. C. Grieve

Jackie Kaines

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